Summer Blog Break

Posted July 26, 2018 by Cathy Ogren
Categories: Uncategorized

We interrupt this blog for breaking news. “Humor Me” is taking a summer blog break to relax and celebrate August birthdays and anniversaries. Look for the next post on September 6th when this blog returns to inform and entertain the masses!

Summer Blog Break

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On Writing

Posted July 19, 2018 by Cathy Ogren
Categories: Writing

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Believe in yourself and follow your dreams!

Best “Frints” Are At It Again!

Posted July 12, 2018 by Cathy Ogren
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If you enjoyed reading Best Frints in the Whole Universe by Antoinette Portis, you are certain to enjoy reading Best Frints at Skrool.

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Once again, award-winning author/illustrator, Antoinette Portis has created a hilarious book, using the same characters and creative wordplay from her first book. This time the best “frints” are off to “skrool.” Omek and Yelfred have the same rules at school as on Earth. Listen to the teacher. Keep your hands to yourself. Make new friends. Share. But when Yelfred meets Q-B, he forgets to share with his friend, Omek. At lunch, when other friends are sharing their food, Omek decides to help Yelfred and Q-B share back which leads to a “spewd flight.” Oh, oh! Now they have to spend time on the Quiet Wall to think about what they did. All ends well when Omek, Yelfred, and Q-B share an after-school game of eyeball in the peedle pit, and Omek and Yelfred realize there are best friends and best, best friends. Antoinette Portis’ vibrant illustrations and playful text will tickle readers’ funny bones. Don’t forget to look at the end pages for some first and last laughs.

Who Needs a Hug?

Posted July 5, 2018 by Cathy Ogren
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Now and then, everyone needs a hug.

When Hedgehog wakes up one morning, he doesn’t feel quite right. He needs a hug, but he has trouble finding someone who is willing to hug his prickles.

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Jen Betton, author/illustrator of Hedgehog Needs a Hug has crafted a story that children will love. Her clever use of descriptive language – “droopy in the prickles,” hippity-skippity-scram,” scuffle-scoot-scampered” – will tickle your prickles. Betton’s adorable illustrations are a combination of drawings, watercolors, touches of pastel, and colored pencils. Interesting perspectives can be found throughout the book, and the expressions on the animal faces will warm your heart. But beware of the fox. Your heart might skip a beat when you see his sharp teeth. To find out who the unlikely animal is to give Hedgehog a hug, make this book a must read!

 

 

Think Big! Think Tall!

Posted June 28, 2018 by Cathy Ogren
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It’s Paul Bunyan Day!

Paul Bunyan was big. He was tall. He was larger than life. This extraordinary hulk of a man was a lumberjack who, along with his blue ox, Babe, tackled amazing feats. It has been said he dug out the Great Lakes so Babe could have drinking water. it was also said the pair created the 10,000 lakes in Minnesota with their footprints. And then there’s the story that Paul carved out the Grand Canyon with his ax. If this sounds like a tall tale to you, I suggest you read this classic book.

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The Story of Paul Bunyan written by Barbara Emberley and woodcuts by Ed Emberley, Ammo Books, 2015

Here are some other tall tales you might enjoy reading.

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Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch written by Anne Isaacs and illustrated by Kevin Hawkes, Schwartz & Wade Books, 2014

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Big Sam:  A Rosh Hashanah Tall Tale written by Eric A. Kimmel and illustrated by Jim Starr, Apples & Honey Press, 2017

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Jackrabbit McCabe & The Electric Telegraph written by Lucy Margaret Rozier and illustrated by Leo Espinosa, Schwartz & Wade Books, 2015

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Whistling Willie from Amarillo, Texas written by Jo and Josephine Harper and illustrated by David Harrington, Pelican Publishing Company, 2015

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The Truth About My Unbelievable Summer written by Davide Cali and illustrated by Benjamin Chaud, Chronicle Books, 2016

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Loud Lula written by Katy S. Duffield and illustrated by Mike Boldt, Two Lions, 2015

 

 

 

Be Mindful

Posted June 21, 2018 by Cathy Ogren
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It’s International Yoga Day!

Yoga is the union of body and mind. It’s a combination of physical moves, breathing techniques, and meditation. It has been around for over 5,000 years, and it all began in India. There are many health benefits connected to the practice of yoga. Improved flexibility and balance, muscle tone, better sleep, and peace of mind are just a few of the many perks of yoga. If you haven’t tried it, today is a good day to begin. Start slow. Start easy. Get the whole family involved. Relax. Tune up your mind. Tone up your body.

Kids and adults will love these books.

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I Am Yoga, I Am Peace written by Susan Verde and illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds, Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2015, 2017

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Good Night Yoga written by Mariam Gates and illustrated by Sarah Jane Hinder, Sounds True, 2015

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Yoga Bunny written and illustrated by Brian Russo, HarperCollins, 2016

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100 Yoga Activities for Children written by Shobana R. Vinay, Skyhorse Publishing, 2017

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Yoga for Kids and Their Grown-Ups written by Katherine Priore Ghannam and Tanya Emelyanova, Rockridge Press, 2018

 

Flag Day!

Posted June 14, 2018 by Cathy Ogren
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Today we celebrate Flag Day. On June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress officially adopted the “stars and stripes” as the American flag.

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Flag Facts:

Flag Day was not regularly celebrated until President Harry Truman signed an Act of Congress on August 3, 1949, designating June 14 as National Flag Day.

The original flag had thirteen alternating red and white stripes with red on the top and red on the bottom. In the top left-hand corner on a blue field were thirteen white stars. The stars and stripes represented the thirteen original colonies.

Red stands for hardiness and valor. White stands for innocence and purity. Blue stands for vigilance, perseverance, and justice.

Today the flag still has thirteen stripes, but there are now 50 stars on the blue field representing our 50 states.

There is no proof that Betsy Ross designed the first flag.

Nicknames for our Flag

Old Glory

The Stars and Stripes

The Star-Spangled Banner

The Red, White, and Blue

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Fly our American Flag proudly and take time to appreciate the freedoms we have.


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